Tourism Density Index – How many tourists is too many tourists?

The World Tourism Organization recently released tourism statistics for 2012-2016, highlighting some of the most over and under touristed countries around the world. Croatia topped the list with an almost 1:14 ratio of residents to tourists (58 million tourists in 2016), conversely Tanzania with a population of 56 million only had 1.3 million tourists in 2016, leaving them with a ratio of 1: 0.023.

Regional Examples:

  • South Pacific: Australia had a ratio of 1:0.34 with 8.27 million tourists in 2016, and New Zealand a ratio of 1:0.74 with 3.50 million.
  • Asia: China had a ratio of 1:0.10 with 141.8 million tourists in 2016, and Singapore a ratio of 1:2.81 with 16.4 million tourists.
  • EMEA: The United Kingdom had a ratio of 1:0.57 with 37.6 million tourists in 2016, and Greece a ratio of 1:2.61 with 28.1 million tourists.
  • The Americas: The US had a ratio of 1:0.54 with 174.5 million tourists in 2016, and Canada a ratio of 1:0.83 with 30.1 million tourists.